My week, actually closer to two for this project hasn't gone well. Just when I thought my vision issues were a thing of the past, I've had a relapse. Hopefully it's temporary but it's so annoying to cope with these limitations.
This piece started out so simple. I've enjoyed creating a couple of pieces recently using uneven patchwork sections, surrounded by either narrow black or white strips. My indigo dyed fabric stash is almost depleted so this was a way of stretching what I have left.
I envisioned a sketch of a tree as the focal point. There was no intention to echo the look of a traditional window, rather I was thinking more along the lines of a piece of stained glass.
My drawing skills are almost nil, but determination, a pencil and eraser yielded the image that fit nicely into the piece.
I'm still struggling to achieve acceptable machine quilting, especially when using this programed serpentine stitch. Although I promised not to complain about my new machine.....surely you could hear me hollering no matter where you live due to all the distortion that developed. Yes, it started square and flat, basted within an inch of its life. I used Janome's pale imitation of the Pfaff's dual feed feature......called Accufeed. Enuff said.....I'm not sure whether you can see the horrible distortion above. After blocking it more than once I had to decide if it could be rescued or considered a failure.
After considering all possibilities, I cut it apart, eliminating a small section to get rid of the puckering. My original intention was to deep six the bottom section, bind the top, then go back and add more detail at the bottom of the piece. BUT....as a lark, I added binding to the bottom to see how it would look if it was displayed as two pieces. While working, an idea emerged to possibly attach the two by joining the roots from the bottom to the top. Or??? I'm still considering whether to use just the top or both pieces as shown here or somehow connecting the two. What do you think??